Here just a few stories from the program's diverse students & alumni:
The ecumenical aspect at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry is so important for future church leaders. I now have allies and friends in many different denominations and religions. This opens up new opportunities for how to be and 'do' church in the future.
Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry has given me a place to develop and integrate theology, spirituality, and a passion for social justice alongside a diverse community of caring and talented students. This has made ministry not merely a job but a way of life: allowing every moment to be an opportunity for service regardless of the context in which I find myself.
The MDiv with Chaplaincy program at Seattle University has been a perfect way to bridge a solid theological education with grounded experience in pastoral care and therapeutic settings. My classes are a solid blend of psychological theories and practice in one-on-one and group therapy settings that has encouraged my own psycho-spiritual development as well as granted me a safe place to practice the skills needed to come along side someone who is suffering, whether from illness, incarceration, social injustice or even just getting through the daily trials of life. MDiv with Chaplaincy takes the pastoral approach of exploring how we connect to God with our mind, body and soul to the next level of healthy, spiritual wholeness..
I consider the school's ability to ask me to know and articulate my own theology as a part of the brilliance of an ecumenical and interreligious Masters of Divinity education. Never once was I forced to believe a theology that I did not agree with, instead I was encouraged to formulate my own in an environment of respect and open-mindedness.